Critic Reviews for Waru
A fascinating glimpse into New Zealand's contemporary Maori community, Waru brings a sense of dramatic, urgent realism to a story that plays out like a suspenseful mystery.
Joined together, the shorts are a powerful chorus of female Maori voices united in finding a way to protect all that is vulnerable.
Although perhaps a tough-sell on paper, Waru stands a sturdy testament to the way film can generate resonant art from difficult subject matter. All New Zealanders should see it.
Invariably there is a piece that falls short, but these precise snapshots mostly add up to a telling contemporary portrait of the stresses and self-deception that are at work in New Zealand's Maori community.
This film is beautiful, bold, gorgeously well made and utterly essential to any understanding or appreciation of New Zealand film-making and this country as it exists today.
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